It has been at the annual developer conference where the PCI-SIG group has once again put white on black when it comes to updates to the much sought after PCIe 6.0. The state of the organization and its standards mark the way and the time, so as we well know, they have been working hard for two years and it seems they will be able to meet the deadlines set in the roadmap at the time.
The PCIe 6.0 0.71 specification would arrive shortly to review the data
Since November PCI-SIG has not specified or named anything regarding PCIe 6.0, so there is a lot of expectation on the part of the industry to know everything related to the news about it. On that occasion the specification stayed in the known 0.7, where the news was really interesting, but curiously it seems that this time there will not be a 0.8.
And it is that the collection of opinions, data and errors compiled in said specification during these months will make room for a new draft that will arrive in a month and that will incorporate all the new protocols for electrical updates that have been approved as a result of all this. and from said draft 0.7.
They have not commented anything about it, but this is not typical of PCI-SIG as such, so instead of jumping to 0.8 or straight to 0.9 a new revision 0.71 will be released pending a second round of reviews and comments, as well as testing. After this, there will be a period of 30 days for the review of the draft and then the jump will be made to 0.9 as such.
Launch at the end of this year 2021
Although it may seem impossible for the times, PCI-SIG remains in its thirteen on the fact that it will fulfill the roadmap set. This means that PCIe 6.0 0.71 will not be a lag as such and that the final specification called 1.0 will be released later this year. In other words, the final launch should arrive before 2022.
In the meantime it remains to be seen what Intel and AMD will do, which already have their PCIe 5.0 drivers ready and if in 2022 it is finally official PCIe 6.0, we could talk that in 2023 it will already be on the PCs of those users who jump to the new platforms, so the life of PCIe 5.0 could be really short, something that if they follow the current pace we will have to assimilate, since the GAP has been established in 3 years from now.
Even so, the industry is apparently very happy and they compare the jump from PCIe 5.0 to PCIe 6.0 as the one we experienced from version 2.0 to 3.0. The problem is that apparently the electrical requirements are very hard, which will surely mean an increase in the price of the motherboards and graphics cards that carry it, where it is also rumored that it would only reach a couple of slots.
We will have to wait for the 0.9 draft to understand a little more the final requirements, the tests and the needs that the manufacturers will have to implement it and in the meantime, settle for this PCIe 6.0 0.71.